TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A village (barangay) chairman from Lasam town in Cagayan province is now under fire for slapping the program’s master of ceremony for allegedly not mentioning his name.
GMA News’ 24 Oras reported on Saturday, May 20, that village chairman Fred Arthur Agatep slapped an emcee when he did not hear his name called to receive a token.
Agatep, who was reportedly drunk at that time, has earned the ire of netizens, with some branding him “uneducated” and “unfit” for public service.
On Sunday, May 21, The Northern Forum learned that the emcee is a certain Jeremy Christian Quebral Rola, a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Los Banos and is now working at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office.
In a message to Forum, Rola said he is set to file charges against Agatep on Monday, May 22, through the help of Lasam Mayor Marjorie Apil Salazar.
GMA News reported that Rola, in fact, called the name of Agatep but the latter did not hear it.
Rola, however, clarified that the official’s name has yet to be called as he is reading a list of villages and its captains arranged in alphabetical order.
He said he committed no mistake and Agatep was only “excited” to be called to go up to the stage.
“Unexpectedly, yung excited po na kapitan pumunta na siya sa harap dahil hindi daw natawag name niya… Lasing kasi sya at excited. Gusto niya po first in the list kasi sya ang ABC (Association of Barangay Captains) president.” Rola said.
(Unexpectedly, the excited captain went up the stage [to assault me] because he did not hear his name called. He’s drunk and excited. He wanted that he will first in the list because he’s the president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC).)
He added that he chose to continue with the program instead of fighting back or walking out of the event.
“If there is one thing I must be proud of, that is the manner and good morals my parents and the society have taught me… Instead of fighting him back or walking out of the event, I thought to myself, there are hundreds of audience and spectators waiting and hoping out there towards the end of the program and I don’t want to waste their time, so I just continue and ignore it as if nothing happened,” Rola said.
He said Agatep has yet to reach out to him to apologize for the incident.Northernforum.net